Diplomatic blunder sees Ukrainian PM greet Swiss President with a Danish flag
Swiss President Didier Burkhalter may not have received the welcome he was expecting this morning.
When meeting with Ukrainian prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk, it was in a room not with the Swiss flag, but the Danish.
Perhaps those preparing for the meeting can be forgiven the error – they are the same colour – and at least it wasn't the Swedish flag.
The look on the Ukrainian prime minister's face – accompanied with outstretched hand – is priceless. The other flags visible are those of Ukraine and the Organization for Co-operation and Security in Europe (OSCE).
According to Switzerland's Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Burkhalter is visiting Kiev with an intention to "underscore the constructive role played by the OSCE in the Ukrainian crisis and the organisation's intention to step up its efforts to contribute to de-escalating the tensions in the country."
that moment when visiting Swiss president tells Ukraine President he put up the Danish rather than Swiss flag pic.twitter.com/YinyQFnynU
— petromatrix (@petromatrix) April 14, 2014